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, and stealing more than half a million dollars, mainly in family gold from indian americans in northern virginia. two other men, including her husband, have been charged. but that was hardly the case when i visited laha a year ago. $100,000 worth of diamonds, gold and other valuables snatched away. her community scared, paranoid and skeptical of everyone who came into their neighborhood. >> now, at least they can go to their house, sleep in their house. the house is a place where you live, and it was a hunting place. >> reporter: according to court documents, she found them by going to the white pages and having a scanner, tuned to police frequencies, she broke into dozens of homes. she listened to police scanners to make sure they wouldn't get caught while her accomplices stole priceless jewels. they felt victimized once again when the cases were dismissed on the state level. it all changed when the feds took over. >> the families still hold out hope that one day soto will lead them to the precious jewelry and gold that meant so much to them. >> it was like my tenth anniversary ring i get back,
. it happened at 5:00 a.m. in west virginia just behind the charlestown racetrack. stacey is just back from west virginia with the story. >> reporter: this is a story of unspeakable tragedy and incredible bravery. this is a fire that started in one barn. a witness said it sounded like an explosion and quickly spread to two other barns. trapped inside were 50 racehorses amend the barns burned some nearby horsemen and women, even some charlestown casino workers rescued to try to save the terrified animals. >> if question save a horse's life it is something we do. like a doctor saving a human beings life. we went to the fire an the smoke was too much to go in the barn. >> within minutes of getting the others out the flames were taking over other barns and we were seconds from getting those out. >> they managed to got out 26 horses from that burning barn. the survivors were rounded up and led in to an empty stable that charlestown raceway made available for them. even a few goats that served as companion animals that made it out alive, as well. a total of 27 horses did perish. damage is stimed at 1.
in virginia in almost a century. bruce leshan spoke to her attorney who said she exhausted her appeals. >> from death row she sings for help from above ♪ i need a miracle ♪ >> reporter: but the one man on earth who could save her life has turned her down twice. >> i will tell the governor, if i speak to him one on one, how sorry i really am. what i want to happen. i wish i could take it back. >> reporter: theresa lewis pleaded guilty to plotting the murders of her husband and stepson for their life insurance but while the judge sentenced two men to life, he handed lewis a death sentence, saying she was clearly the head of the serpent. we talked to her lawyer as he drove to death row to be with her in her final hours. >> i think it is grossly unfair to have the triggermen receive life while she receives the harshest penalty. with an iq that puts her close to mental retardation they say she is no mastermind. >> i can say she is as evil of a person as i have ever met. >> reporter: her step daughter where witness her execution. she did the crime, she says and now she will have to pay f
the official cause of this fire. we're live tonight in lorton, virginia. backstudio. >> all right. >>> a navy seal with ties to our area has been kild in the war in afghanistan. >> there are more revelations about a white house battle over the war's exit strategy. we begin with jane watrel. >> reporter: the silver spring native was o of nine service members killed in ablack hawk crash on tuesday. lieutenant looney was a navy seal and a 2007 graduate of the naval academy. he was in nation special war fafrl he was always 1999 graduat of dematha catholic high school where he played football. he switched to lacrosse a navy and played on that team with his two brothers. and he was a standout. this afternoon, his high school footll coach told news4, he was devastated by the news of his death. he was scheduled to return to dematha to talk to students there. >> he was a great student athlete. three years on the varsity football team. a two-year starter. a senior, his co-captain. the type of young man who would do anything you asked him to do and then some. he was always trying to do the right thing a
the mountains of western maryland, west virginia and many locations are just near 60. away from the waters on the eastern shore in the upper 60s. right around virginia tide water and southeastern virginia, low 70s. and over the last 12 hours we had those evening thundershowers coming through. but have now dissipated. we have a few clouds drifting in from the rest. afternoon highs climbing into the low and mid 90s. going to be uncomfortably warm or a few hours midafternoon like yesterday. more of the same tomorrow although less humid on friday. tomorrow's record high is 94. so we may be tying it or exceeding it tomorrow afternoon. then cooler for the weekend. jerry, how's the traffic? >> doing pretty well. just a story of vome as you take a live look through vienna along interstate 66. eastbound traffic as you head on in looking good. westbound, also moving along well. no early hang-ups to report. let's hea over and take a look. elsewhere the rush hour picking up a bit of vome both ways at the american legion brie. just a little volume. no concerns,270 also moving very, very well. let's upd
. northern virginia schools will welcome back more students than ever on tuesday morning with tighter budgets and salary freezes. read it in sunday's washington examiner. >>> still to come, an unexpected guest for a homeowner this weekend. how a pilot ended up on her roof. coming up on 9 news now. >>> whal the rest of the labor day weekend look like? forecast coming up next. >>> incredible hot summer and this is the prize what we're getting right now? >> yeah, unofficial end to summer. >> i would like to say goodbye to the summer. official hottest on record. it's nice to see temperatures struggling to get into the low to mid-80s. tomorrow they'll struggle to get to 80. i think we'll stay in the 70s. it's going to be crisp tomorrow morning. even colder as we get into monday morning. believe it or not, the national weather service is contemplating putting frost advisories in the highlands out to the west. that's autumn. 85 for a high today, after 91 yesterday. take a look at this. yes, that is a high. 79, and the sky conditions couldn't be better. clear, dry air. in fact, humidity today about 2
the big stories tonight. tragedy in virginia, a mother and two children killed in a terrible fire. tonight, her heroic final moments. >>> also ahead, furniture, boxes, electronics, lining four city blocks, and all of this stuff is from one apartment. the story behind the mess. >>> and he may look like a door to door salesman, but police say he cleaned out a house, and tonight we're talking to the homeowners who caught the so called preppy burglar on camera. >>> we begin tonight with the horrific fire in virginia. i'm shawn yancy. >> and i'm brian bolter. the fire killed a mother and two children and the mother helped save three other children from a burning house. will thomas is live on scene tonight. will. >> reporter: good evening. investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the fire that started about 8:30. you look over there, you can see flash lights. those are firefighters that just showed up looking for any possible rekindling. down here, a tricycle one of the neighbors used throwing it through the window trying to save lives, and as some of these people in this toun ho
of virginia. >>> voters now one week away from picking a democratic candidate for mayor. the current mayor picks up a new endorsement. "news 4 midday" begins right now. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "news 4 midday." i'm barbara harrison. it is tuesday, september, 7th, 2010. >>> police are looking for a man who allegedly fired a gunshot and took off. it forced the lockdown of several nearby schools. it happened on the 6,000 block of rock forest drive in bethesda. tracee wilkins is live with details. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. also, because they were trying to corner the suspect into this immediate area amid some road closures that affected traffic made it difficult for some folks to get to work. now, police say they believe their suspect may have actually left this area. they are still trying to figure out exactly when, maybe before they arrived but they do have a suspect description. his name is joshua prince, a white male, age 32. he may have fled in a black tahoe. they are saying he is armed and dangerous with a high-powered rifle. no one should approach this suspe
these storms, there are a couple more back here toward west virginia and western maryld around cumberland and frostberg, but i don't think they'll be holding together. they're dying out as we speak, so i think by tomorrow morning, we'll be looking at a pretty nice morning and another very hot day. 76 by 10:00 a.m. and how about temperatures in the middle 90s as we move through the first day of fall. my cplete forecast coming up in just a little bit. >> thank you, doug. >>> a navy seal who grew up in this area was amo the servicemen killed when a helicopter crashed in afghanistan yesterday. brendon looney went to the naval academy. >> jim, cliche but true. by all accounts, 29-year-old brendan looney was an all-american kind of guy. he was an honor student and star athlete here at ma gnatnatha. and tonight he is one of the country's fallen heroes. >> he was at manatha since 1956. he saw all three of the looney boys. >> he was principal. when he retired, became one of the football coaches of number 10. >> you didn't want to get hit by him on a football field. he uld demolish people coming th
at stories making headlines this morning. a lorton, virginia, community mourning the loss of a young mother and two of her children. they were killed in a house fire yesterday. 24-year-old ally anderson was able to save three of her five kids by lowering them down to her uncle on the ground. >>> theresa lewis will be executed in virginia tonight. the first punishment of this type for a woman in the commonwealth in a century. she was sentenced to death for providing sex and money to two men who killed her husband and her stepson back in october of 2002. so far the governor has decided not to grant clemency. lewis is scheduled to be put to death by ion at 9:00 p.m. at a correctional facility in jarrett. >>> gray and michelle rhee scheduled to meet. it will be a closed discussion at city hall at noon today. gray has said that her future in the position would lie heavily based on this conversation today. >>> 7:16 right now. got some city business. now some business that all of us are going to want to listen to. >> hot and humid. we're going to have to open up the pools again. >> why do they shu
know, but the intense flames lit up the sky in ransom, west virginia. as the barns burned people nearby tried to help the animals including workers from charlestown casino. >> you could hear the cries from the horses. they were just neiging at the top of their lungs. >> they were panicking. we just turned them loose and people stopped their car, not even horsemen, a lot of people from the casino. >> charlestown casino letting the folks use some of their stables for the surviving horses. the bravery saved 20, but again 27 died. investigators say the flames just spread too quickly in the wooden barn, no word tonight on the cause. >>> a shooting tonight sent two young men to the hospital. the scene was a few blocks from the same spot where two teenage girls and a man were shot last night. a 17 and 20-year-old were shot tonight on 54th street and blaine street northeast. both victims were conscious at the scene. last night three young people were shot on 53rd street and clay. they are recovering. police have not made any arrests so far. >>> as you know, the separation for military families
that with a guest from "the washington post." he also plans to meet with local families in richmond, virginia, and iowa, to talk about the economy, and do some more campaigning here at home and washington. on friday, a ceremony for justice elena kagan that the supreme court. speaking of the supreme court's newest justice, "usa today" reports that she first is -- faces the first supreme court test today. where with no law clerks are sectors present, to decide which cases to take up later how they should be resolved. and a first of the private sessions for the new term, which officially begins october 4, they will slip through thousands of appeals filed over the summer to decide which should be job -- granted hearings. the conference room is where all of the most and poor decisions of the most and poor decisions are made and they are made by the nine justices and no one else -- the most important decisions are made and they are made by the nine justices and no one else. many justices speak about how intimidating the first sessions can be. in hawaii justice anthony kennedy says the first confere
understand the frustration of the senators from virginia and their inability to obtain a more complete rationale and plan for the pentagon's proposed actions. the secretaries in tend to reduce duplication, overhead, and excess in the department of defense is commendable, but his action should be supported by an open process, which includes detailed analysis and full consideration of opposing views. we again thank witnesses for their presence here this morning. we look forward to their testimony, and i call upon senator mccain. >> thank you. i thank the distinguished witnesses for being here this morning and their service to the nation. secretary gates announced a series of initiatives in august to improve the inefficiency of the department of defense. as part of this initiative, he also passed dr. carter to improve the department's buying power through a plate it acquires critical goods and services in order to stop runaway costs, growth, and program delays. we look forward to hearing from dr. carter of the initial procesprogress he is making. i'd in both these initiatives are coming a
back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia rise? without objection. >> madam speaker, what we just heard is nonsense. my friends on the other side of the aisle had had their way, in the worse -- worst economic recession in 80 years which was on their watch, they would have done nothing. mr. connolly: a republican economist said that but for the recover have iry and -- recovery and reinvestment act we would have gone into the great depression. and that's just the way it is. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rise? without objection. mr. smith: our nation's unemployment continues to whoever near 10% and 15 million americans are looking for a job. that's seven million more than when the current majority took over. we have seen the results of these failed fiscal policies. deficits, debt, and economy which continues to struggle. unemployment has been above 9% for 16 consecutive months. instead of putting forth a bipartisan plan to spur job creation, washington democrats seem to be doing the exact opposite. in just a few
stern from leesberg, virginia. and we need a pair of eyes so log on to our website, wusa9.com and send us a storm report if you would. so for tonight, severe thunderstorm watch until 10:00. some severe storms and some heavy. partly cloudy and mild, and temperatures 64-72 and we'll put the watches up at the bottom of the screen shortly. >> thank you, topper. >>> now to a tragic scene in lorton, virginia as a fire takes the life of a mother and two of her children. peggy fox joins us to explain how the woman's three other children made it out alive. >> reporter: well neighbors say this mother did everything she could to save her children. with flames all around her, she got her two oldest children out of a two story window and dropped her baby into the arms of a friend but that fire moved too fast to save her two other children or herself. >> it was just black smoke and you couldn't see anything in the house. >> reporter: huge flames and thick smoke poured from their neighbor's home, a home with five small children, including a 2-month-old baby. mother sacrificed herself by saving three
. >>> state of virginia executed teresa lewis in a murder for hire case. the first woman executed in virginia in nearly a century. she was . >>> the obama administration says an immediate end to the military's policy of don't ask, don't tell may threaten combat operations. they made the response keeping gays from serving openly. >>> one of the biggest singing stars of the 1950s has died. the family of eddie fisher says he had never quite recovered from a recrept hip surgery. fisher sold millions of records and also had a number of marriages to hollywood beauties, as well. remember debbie reynolds? elizabeth taylor and connie stevens. he's survived by four children including carrie fisher. he was 82 years old. ♪ >>> tough new restrictions on the diabetes drug aand have yeah. it's going to stay on the market we are told but only type ii diabetes patients with no other option can take it and that's what sanjay gupta's talking about. >> people have been wanting a decision on this for some time because there were reports saying there's an increased risk of heart attack with this medication. in j
the causes of tod's fire. we're live tonight in lorton, virginia. back to you in the studio. >> chris gordon, thank you, chris. >>> severe storm are rolling through parts of our area this evening. >> let's get straight to doug kammerer who is tracking the storm. >> the biggest storm out there earlier is now out of there. the good news is we are going to continue to see these me their way through parts of the area over the nex couple of hours. let's take a look and show you what's happening across the region. we saw one big storm earlier towa toward loudoun county. it is very, very weak. the only severe storm we have the s down toward madison green and orange counties. that continues to make its way toward the east. maybe some hail and winds. let's zoom in on that storm system that was right around the district. five minutes ago, there was still some rain left. it is all gone now. that's very good news. a we widen out,still more toward pennsylvania. and we'r expecting these to continue to make their way on down to the south and east. the entire area, under a 73 thunderstorm watch until 10:00
and were used in crimes last year were sold in just ten states, georgia, florida, virginia, texas, indiana, ohio, pennsylvania, north carolina, california, and arizona. now, there's a hearing today about the effort to remove wisconsin district attorney ken kratz from his post, under fire for sending racy text messages to five women. house majority leader steny hoyer not laughing about stephen colbert's testimony on friday. he called it an embarrassment and not appropriate. >>> tax cuts on hold, lawmakers will not vote to extend the bush era tax cuts until after the midterm elections. in an nbc news exclusive this morning, president obama insisted that those tax cuts be extended for everyone but the wealthiest americans. >> what we need is tax cuts for the middle class who are struggling and if they get a tax cut, they're likely to spend it, which means that a small business is potentially going to get a customer and we're going to see job growth. so we can't spend $700 billion on a tax cut that is not going to spur job growth. >> republicans are demanding democrats schedule a vote to exten
statewide elections we've had post-obama in massachusetts, virginia and new jersey. 50% decline in young people's vote. while many of them are disenchanted perhaps with president obama, i have to tell you, a lot of us older democrats are getting a little frustrated with the youngsters. this is a marathon race. yeah, they got their hopy changy guy in 2008. if they want to actually enact all that change, they have to stay in the game. >> david, from a republican perspective, do you think the gop would like to see more alan grayson? >> alan grayson is a big part of the problem, generally, with the country. he is really a talk radio figure more than a political figure. he is not somebody who is in congress to make legislation. obviously he can't work with anybody on the other side of the aisle, the way he talks. his strategy, it will work for him, is to become famous by being polarizing, to stand out, to become a symbol of the left for the left against the right. you can raise a lot of money that way. you can't accomplish anything. and that is part of the same disease that's consuming us all
they are, john. i spent the last couple of days in sort of southeastern virginia, norfolk virginia beach area on exactly that question. what happened to the obama magic. we picked virginia because he won that state. the first time a democrat did that since 1964. and this particular part of virginia, they elected a freshman democrat. and since that time, he's been running away from the president. a sure sign that the president's popularity, some of ththat magi has flipped in places like virginia. the democrat appeared with then candidate obama four times in 2008. now he hasn't appeared with him at all. he voted against health care reform. why? well, we talked to some independent voters in that district who voted for president obama in 2008. and they just say, look, they have no personal against the president. they think he tried to do too much too fast. and number two, they said the economy's so awful right now, people are just in complete panic mode right now and that what they want to do is take it out on their representative. whether it's a democrat, whether it's a republican. and ther
in west virginia? >> this is a race, this is animal with a 69% job approval rating in the state. any politician would be happy with that. when raesee got into it, he is going up you have% disapproval rating for -- 66% disapproval for president obama. here is the key. 28% of republicans still say they are going to be voting for joe manchin. this could be an upset in november. >> democrats have been attempting to push through the dream act legislation that would provide a path to shiom for children under the age of 16 who are illegal immigrants. talk to us about poll numbers there? >> we did some polling, if people are brought here illegally by their parents and they have completed two years of college should they be eligible. just over half say yes. much wider supported if somebody came here was brought illegally by their parents and served in the u.s. military, yes, those people should be given a pass to citizenship after their military service. you know, this is still a difficult issue. we also asked if local school systems should be required to provide a public education for the ch
-pub. >> the staff at this library in arlington, virginia say they have a foot in both worlds, old media and electronic. and libraries across the country are joining their ranks. an american association study found 83% offer books and audio content online. >> we can help members of the public if they come and say i want to start downloading, how do i do it? >> the libraries are still a place to sit quietly and read, but if it is an e-book, you no longer have to worry about late fees. >> high cholesterol is threatening thousands of children across the country. >> what doctors say should be done to catch the problem. >> plus it was like christmas in august. a story of how their community came together and remodeled the home of a ♪ [ female announcer ] yoplait's real fruit and the goodness of dairy... gives you a little slice of happy. and happiness comes in 25 delicious flavors. explore them all. yoplait. it is so good. the yoplait you can't get enough of. now ia four pack. >> mom and dad were right -- eating fruits and vegetables can help save your life. a new study out found a variety
, destroyed a large barn at charlestown ris track -- race track, just over the border in virginia. 27 thoroughbred race horses were killed. >> the real challenge was dealing with the people that were here and the dead horses. and also, recovering the horses alive, and being able to get them back. >> reporter: adapting to the aftermath. owners and trainers who normally compete with one another are help being each other. >> it's a terrible disaster. terrible. i've never seen nothing like this. and don't want to see it again either. >> reporter: with help from the casinos and track, stables have been found and new arrivals. >> it was a quick turnaround. and we're grateful for the horsemen in our employees who were able to get that done. >> reporter: investigators have not been able to turn up any evidence of arson. and a cause may never be known. when you have a burn like this, a complete burn, basically all of the evidence of original cause is burned up. so it makes it very difficult. >> no words can describe just the devastation from this accident. it's amazing. >> reporter: and trauma
like the university of virginia larry sabato think they could do. right now the biggest danger the president's party faces is bad morale. people who voted for him are disappointed with the bad economy. they felt closer to him two years ago than they do now. he's got two months to do something about it to salvage a rough result. to save the senate seats of progressives barbara boxer, patty murray and russ feingold. to give joe sestak and jack conway and alexei giannoulas a better chance and maybe help bringing in harry reid, as well. every one of these candidates could lose bringing about a total democratic calamity. every one of these candidates has a solid chance of winning. the key is for the president to campaign to be the person he was from 2004 through 2008. the inspiring hard-working focused democratic hero that he was. he needs to sell his connection as he did through all that time with the prospect of change. he's been working on change creating jobs, doing health care, cleaning up wall street, working for a peaceful role abroad. he's got to sell the fact that he barack
of that death of senator byrd in virginia, regarded as a giant in american history. he served our government for nearly a quarter of its history. a daunting task, one that pales in comparison to the challenges which you see. i'm pleased to have the opportunity to visit would briefly here today. it allows me -- back in july, when the announcement was made, amidst the dozens of calls of congratulations and well wishes, at the chance to have a conversation with a friend and former colleague by the name of robert ferguson, a marine currently serving as the cabinet secretary for the west virginia department of administration, a man who is extremely active in veterans' issues throughout the state of west virginia. during our brief conversation, he sent me a simple figured, 32. the marines they had died in that calendar year. it is more troubling given the high numbers of the best ever used. talk to me about the men -- the mental and behavioral challenges facing the men and women in your command as they return from defending our country in places like iraq and afghanistan, and also the distress --
with us today. they lived in west virginia. this military family loves the marine corps and counted a blessing to have live throughout the united states. as you know, general amos is held the title of assistant commandant for the marine corps for the past two years. today we consider his nomination to be commandant, to lead a force of 250,000 active duty and 39,000 reserve marines serving on the frontiers of freedom, fighting in afghanistan, providing humanitarian relief to flood-ravaged pakistan, and practices -- rescuing vessels from pirates off the coast of somalia. join in 19 -- one in a 1946, his father received his wings flying seaplanes. eupepsia most distinguished officer before you here today. i will have you noted growing up with a father who was a navy pilot saw general amos living in memory -- many warm localities, california, florida, and the british west indies. his guidance counselor once wrote his parents that he feared that the general was "destined for a light as a beach bum if he did not turn things around." obviously he did turn things around. he graduated in hig
project in west virginia. if approved, the spurs no. 1 mine would be one of the bgest strip mining projes in all of appalachian states, impacting acres of forests o and 7 miles of streams. well, jeff biggers is a journalist and cultural historian who has been extensively covered mining in the appalachian region but we only have about a no-minute to speak with you. -- we only have about a minute to speak with you. >> i think across the nation, the coal fields really are having a watershed event for the progressive community. appalaian rising made a very compelling point that mountaintop removal only provides a% of our national co- production, so they're really taking the struggle to washington and asking president obama to say if you cannot even stand up to big coal and follow your role of science, you know, the epa has told us that mountaintop removal create irreversible damage to our head water streams, and if he cannot stand up to bid: stop one of the most egregious human rights and environmental violations, how come we began to discuss a comprehensive energy and health care legislation
late. here's what the university of virginia's larry sabato wrote today. given what we see at this moment, republicans have a good chance to win the house by picking up as many as 47 seats. jonathan martin and the washington post's chris cillizza. let's take a look at something that might be the beginning of the opening shot of a strong democratic counterattack led by a very strong certainly a veteran smart politician who always seems to win even in tough races. here's barbara boxer who knows how to fight in a debate last night ripping the scab off carly fiorina and her jobs record. if you look at senator boxer's long track record of 28 years in washington, d.c., you will see this. she is for moral taxes. she is for more spending. she is for more regulation. and she is also for big government and elite extreme environmental groups. >> people are going to decide if they want to have me back or if they want to elect someone who made her name as a ceo in hewlett-packard laying thousands and thousands of workers off, shipping their jobs overseas, making no sacrifice while she w
2100 guns connected to crimes in other states. the others listed are georgia, florida, virginia, texas, indiana ohio personal, north carolina and arizona. criminals and gun traffickers may favor states with more relaxed gun laws. >> the city of oakland has received three federal grants from the department of justice to help curb the violence in that city. the largest of the grants worth $2.2 million and aimed at juvenile crime to consider options outside the crimes on the street with a gang. worth $750,000 aimed at helping juveniles and adults who have been incarcerated get back to civilian society. >> many residents in a wisconsin town have evacuated their homes after a century-old levee started to fail. the wisconsin river flooded the only road in and out of one named in the town of portage. it threatened to strand hundreds in their houses. water is leaking from a nearby levee although it has not completely collapsed. it's made up of several dikes built mainly out of sand during the 1890s. >> that was one of the problems in the midwest
: on this list from "the washington journal" to have a list." west virginia, carl, tea party member, what you think of this call for political pragmatism? caller: i would vote for a party that supported small government. was disappointed in george bush jr., who increased the size of government. i have been to these key party rallies as far as i can see is just a bunch of good american people who are for smaller government, they are about getting government out of the way and letting the economy boomer. i want to tell you, this is the most left-wing program i have ever seen. host: left wing? are you there? we lost him. clearwater, florida. caller: one year ago these not jobs were bringing a loaded assault rifles to peaceful town hall meetings and now they are burning books in gainesville, florida. this is crystal love -- krystalnacht all over again. host: i do not think you can make the correlation between tea party members and the preacher in florida. caller: b disagree. remember, the definition of fascism is the far right. and i will say, i call them teabaggers. they are dangerous. host: we
in the bill of rights of virginia. i am happy to say that because i teach in virginia. i am very proud of that. when i am asking for is a double request. reassert our commitment to the first amendment. throughout history, it has shown that it is a very valuable part of what the u.s. is about. in fact, i think this is one of the major attractions of the u.s. to immigrants who leave their countries. they truly believe that in this country, they can have a free and dignified being the they have missed elsewhere. the supreme court throughout the years has elaborated and emphasized the basic principles of the first amendment. chief justice rehnquist emphasizes that political devices cannot serve to invalidate otherwise permissible conduct. whatever we might feel about the person -- person sitting next to us, they have rights. even if we politically disagree, that is no reason to be a in a way that would infringe on those rights. furthermore, the first amendment's -- first amendment states that the powers of the government should reach actions only and not opinions. it is wonderful that we could all
. this is wre democrats did well in the last two cycles. we saw this in northern virginia, suburbs outside philadelphia, outside of las vegas and phoenix, even, this is where democrats we able to win over voters with a common sense kind of agenda, practic approach to making the middle- class better. what we found is a lot of residents there are falling on tough times and switching their loyalties. they are not necessarily tea party people, so they are not angry -- i talked to about two dozen residents of the subdivision who were political independents, and they did not say anything hateful about the president or that they were voting the tea party but they were critical of the president. it's good he said they were not tea party identifiers. -- host: yu said that they are concerned about everyday issues that affect their lives. how important of the suburbs or this area of this country -- not urban america or rural america, more of a middle-class enclave. guest: it is critical for both parties. it is where the growth is. not necessarily the closed in suburbs that have been established for a
island, did not ratify the document until after the country was established. but five states, virginia, massachusetts, new york, maryland and south carolina sent specific amendments that should be added to the document. foremost in each of those states' amendments was the concept of sovereignty or the ability of states to make the decisions. their goal and their concepts were incorporated in the 10th amendment to the constitution which put in written form the unnamed structure that the founding fathers had established in the constitution. as one of our justices on the supreme court said, the constitution protects us from our own best intentions. it divides power among branches of government precisely so we may resist the temptation to concentrate power in one location as the expedient solution to the crisis of the day. for a century and a half, this nation basically honored that concept. in the last half century, though, we have stretched the idea significantly. starting with the progressive era in the early 1900's'. it was president wilson who called this political witch craft. he sai
down into kentucky and west virginia, tennessee as well. that's what's going on around the country. here's what's happening . >>> and looking live at san bruno, you can see the haze hanging over the fire site there. firefighters have been watching the weather conditions hoping the winds wouldn't kick up. that will happen right about now, we expect the winds to pick up. the strongest winds around 11:00 this morning. temperatures around average for them. here is the air quality forecast, we suspect that could change because of the fire and smoke drifting across the bay area. by noontime, temperatures around 70s. and by 4:00, 80 or so. >>> all right, al, thanks. coming up, is he getting away with murder? questions swirling around the former "survivor" producer suspected of the death of his wife in mexico. and also, why this case has dragged on so long. first, this is "today" on nbc. advantage topical solution treats dogs... ( barking ) but destroys fleas. so ask your veterinarian for advantage, the flea specialist for gentle, but effective, flea control. as governor, he cut waste got
this area was founded in 1609 by sailors trying to get to virginia, and they settled here. i can tell you from 1609 to present day they know how to handle these tropical systems. they were well prepared, they were willing to accept the damage from the tree, the roof damage and the shattered windows, blocked roadways. it goes with the territory, so to speak. some of the flooding that we had along the coastline is caused by some of the nine to 12-foot waves that pushed by the wind you're going to have that. that's water is now since receded which is good news. there are other issues in terms of the main causeway in bermuda. that's shut. the airport is closed. when the winds subside, what they will do is take a team of engineers out by the causeway and check fort structural damage. if it appears sound, they will open it back up. and hopefully thereafter the airport. >> reynolds wolf doing yeoman's service in bermuda. >>> sarah shourd who spent more than a year in prison is back on u.s. soul but her heart is in iran. >> her fiance and friend are being held accused by the iranian government of
: richmond, virginia, 35 years old. go ahead. go ahead. caller: yes . i am 35 and i work with -- i have been voting since clinton, i think, came in. i think that young people are not as informed as they used the. -- as they used to be. even older than i am, there were civics.in school about si guest: civics education in our schools has been systematically cut over the last 30 years. but that is not so you can blame young people about. that is an issue of where we investing resources, where are we investing in the young people? we have a program called democracy class that is available to teachers around the country, if they want a one- classroom curriculum. it should be significantly more than that. but young people are savvy. they are paying attention. we see they are following the news closely than they have in many years. i think that is what is causing some of the cynicism. they are starting to pay attention. they see that their interests are being cut by others or by corporate or special interests at times. they are savvy right now, especially with the internet, to actually find out inf
't. >> big rounds of applause for vivian. >> this is emily barker from clifton, virginia. she spent the past two years teaching high school freshman. she's never colored her friend before and never wears makeup. she's here with the friend, joy. let's listen to her story. >> all right. we sort of bullied emily into doing this, but joy is on our team. tell us why you want her to have a makeover. >> she needs to spice it up a little for her wonderful boyfriend. >> it's back-to-school time? >> we've had one day and going back again on monday. >> are you ready to be the hottest teacher in america? >> i am, yes. >> joy has her blindfold on. one last look at emily, and now let's bring out the new emily barker. >> emily has never worn high heels before. you look great. joy, are you ready to see her. okay. >> oh, my god. you look amazing. >> you ready to look? turn around, doll. hilary swank here. >> it looks awesome. what do you think? >> it's so amazing. i love it. >> look at the split screen. oh, my gosh. i wish you could have seen her walking out in the heels. >> she needs to practice. >> right n
talks. then he met with a family in iowa and a family in virginia, both families said the same thing. it's wednesday, shouldn't you be working? i got an egg [pop] i got gum a kazoo a candy necklace for forty cents, i got one of these [pop] a stamp helium fabric softener [pop] lipstick two pills a day is what it takes to stay alive if you're hiv positive. those pills cost about forty cents a day. >> welcome back. he looked like a friendly backyard gathering, right? but president obama got an earful from one small business owner and a few others at yesterday's town hall in iowa. >> sort of strangling the, you know, the engine that does create the jobs. fundamentals are profit. $250,000. where if you're two people in a family, that's not a lot. it seems like a lot but not when you have the family, the kids, the cars, the college and all the other things that go plus you have to grow the engine. you have to grow it to continue to provide more jobs and to create the dream. >> i have signed eight small business tax cuts since i came into office and the package that we signed this week cut ta
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